It’s a time of change in Plattsburgh city government. Thursday evening, officials held four back-to-back public hearings on charter change proposals to eliminate several city departments. Councilors heard a mix of harsh criticism and strong support as they considered the procedural move.
Vermont U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy was the keynote speaker today at the Northeast Regional IDeA Conference. More than 300 biomedical researchers from Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Delaware and Vermont are in Burlington for the National Institutes of Health-sponsored meeting. Senator Leahy says cuts proposed in President Trump’s budget are extremely dangerous to researchers.
More than 300,000 historic and rare plant specimens dating back to the mid-19th century were housed on the top floor of Torrey Hall on the University of Vermont campus. The building was gutted by fire on August 3rd, and researchers initially worried heat and water would destroy the Pringle Herbarium. Most of the collection was protected by specially designed cabinets obtained in 2014 from the National Science Foundation. Firefighters also covered the cabinets to further protect the Pringle Herbarium. There was some damage to material outside the cabinets. Herbarium curator and chair of UVM Plant Biology Department Dr. Dave Barrington says the recovery of the specimens is going well.
The 2018 New York state budget created a shared services initiative requiring county officials to craft local plans to eliminate or coordinate duplicate services in order to reduce property taxes. Essex County officials will delay their shared services report in order to focus on the county’s EMS shortage.
Vermont's effort to move toward universal recycling has seen legislative success, but waste transfer station officials say they haven't seen many residents take advantage of new food scrap disposal units.
Dr. Peter Raven is a conservationist, biodiversity expert and environmentalist. The president emeritus of the Missouri Botanical Garden, he led the oldest operating botanical garden in the country for more than four decades. Dr. Raven, who recently spoke at the Wild Center in Tupper Lake, New York, says too many people have lost touch with how intertwined all things are with nature.
The number of candidates challenging second-term Republican Congresswoman Elise Stefanik of New York’s 21st district continues to grow. Five Democrats and one Republican are in the race. The Green Party is expected to announce candidates and a Libertarian has also expressed interest in the seat. St. Lawrence County business consultant Tedra Cobb is among the announced Democrats. She says she decided to run after tracking recent Congressional action on health care.
Just announced federal grants for a series of development projects for the economically challenged area along the U.S.-Canadian border in northern New England could be the last unless Congress funds next year's program over the objection of the Trump Administration.
Clinton County legislators passed a resolution approving a Project Labor Agreement for work at the Plattsburgh International Airport. The move at Wednesday’s meeting followed pleas by union members to approve the measure and an attempt to modify it.
Last week, a fire broke out at the historic Torrey Hall on the University of Vermont campus. The building houses the third-largest collection of botanical specimens in New England. Scientists from across the world are praising the Burlington Fire Department for saving the majority of the collection.
Last week, Plattsburgh city leaders approved eliminating four departments in an attempt to save more than a million dollars in the 2018 budget. During this week’s meeting, the Common Council approved public hearings on city charter changes to remove those departments.
Boat stewards recently intercepted a vessel that had a fast-growing aquatic invasive species attached and prevented its incursion into an Adirondack lake. While officials applaud the successful detection, the interception is also underscoring the need for more resources to prevent the spread of invasives across the region.
The field of Democrats running to unseat Congresswoman Elise Stefanik of New York’s 21st district in 2018 expanded to five this week. The Republican incumbent also faces a challenger within her own party.